Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director José Luis Gomez has renewed his contract with the TSO for four more years. Gomez, who will remain with the TSO through 2024, was named the symphony’s 17th music director in 2015. During his tenure he has conducted sold-out performances of Yo-Yo Ma, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Pink Martini; led the orchestra in a performance for more than 100,000 people at the All Souls Day Finale Ceremony; commissioned four new works; and conducted the TSO in an internationally aired radio broadcast observing the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival. He will announce TSO’s 91st season next month.
Home Care Assistance has won the Provider of Choice Award and Employer of Choice Award fromHome Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for the past three years. This year, Home Care Assistance also won the Best of Home Care — Leader in Excellence award, the firm’s highest award for home care agencies. Recipients represent the top 5-10 percent of agencies participating in the Home Care Pulse satisfaction management program.
Interfaith Community Services has named Thomas J. McKinney as CEO. McKinney has served ast president and CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the past two years and previously was
TSO’s vice president of development. He has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit organizations including 10 years as president and CEO for Make-A-Wish Minnesota. McKinney will assume his new position on March 2.
Tohono Chul Park recently won an Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award for Site Development Landscape and Preserves for its master plan. The awards program recognizes outstanding contributions to the built and natural environment of communities throughout Arizona. The recognition is due to the contributions of Arizona architect John Douglas of John Douglas Architects, who, over 20 years, maintained a vision to enhance visitor services and provide easier accessibility, interpretive signage, lighting, and expanded parking and public restrooms. Douglas also designed the Gathering in the Garden Pavilion to be built this summer, integrating water harvesting and solar in its construction.